Woodson Hill offers riding lessons and horse training with Abby White. Abby White has more
than 15 years experience riding, showing, and training horses. At Woodson Hill, she gives
both Western and English riding lessons and trains horses for a variety of disciplines. Her
expertise is in both Western and English All-Around events, but she enjoys all types of
riding. During the show season, Abby spends her weekends coaching students and doing a
little bit of showing herself.
Abby has degrees in Animal Science and Ag Communications from Kansas State. She
placed in the Top 5 at the AQHA World Show in horse judging. She has trained numerous
AQHA-point earners and local circuit winners. Besides lessons and training, Abby is
available for coaching, consulting, judging and clinics. For a list of all clinics please visit our
Upcoming Events page.
For more information, to schedule a lesson, or to put your horse in training, please contact
Abby White, firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-822-4855
Woodson Hill is proud to offer riding instruction and horse training from Abby White, Kaitlin Short, Vicki Massey and
Anne Marie Bennett.
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Private Lessons - $40.00
Group Lessons - $30.00
Kaitlin Short graduated from William Woods University in May 2009, double majoring in Equine Science and
Psychology. Since she began riding as an 8-year-old, she has worked with several hightly-esteemed
instructors and trainers, and has been teaching lessons for over 15 years. Though specializing in saddle seat,
she has conducted several clinics and camps involving riders of all disciplines and has been teaching young
kids the basics of riding her entire teaching career.
In addition to saddle seat, she has ridden and taught both western and hunt
seat, and enjoys teaching on all breeds of horses. She has ridden in several
acclaimed shows with top-5 finishes, including the American Royal. While
horses have always been her biggest passion, she strives to understand the
inner-workings of personality and motivation, and feels that her additional
background in psychology has made her a better teacher of kids and horses
alike. Kaitlin enjoys all aspects of teaching, from beginning level to advanced,
and can't wait to get to know all the faces at Woodson Hill. She will be
specializing in beginner and intermediate level lessons in both English and
Western. For more information or to schedule a lesson, you can contact
Kaitlin at email@example.com or at 816-809-2311.
Anne Marie Bennett
Anne Marie Bennett, new to the Woodson Hill team has been a volunteer for Changing Leads, and is currently
taking beginner to advanced students. Her background is in the hunters, with years of experience in the Quarter
Horse world as well. She enjoys teaching her students about responsibility, safety, and the individual
personalities of each horse while adapting to their needs rather than changing the animal. Building confidence in
the students and teaching them to be a leader is number one, while also learning to respect the horse.
Anne Marie has a degree from Colorado State in Equine Science, where she rode on
the Equestrian Team. She is finishing up a Masters of Communication and Leadership
from Park University and works daytime as a project manager in Downtown Kansas
Some of her recent wins include top ten top placing at the AQHA World Show and top
four at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. This year she decided to end her
showing career and start helping others rather than focus on her own competitive side.
“Sharing my knowledge and teaching it to someone new to see if the process can give
them the same result, gives me as much satisfaction as winning on my own horse.”
Anne Marie can be contacted at 816.564.6255 or Annemarie@reeceandnichols.com.
Vicki teaches full time in the Independence Public School District; having taught special education
students in that district for over 30 years. Vicki has been riding horses for almost twice that length
of time, starting at the tender age of 2 when she got her first pony. As an adult, she spent over 10
years showing her two Arabian horses locally and Class A in English Pleasure, Hunter, Show Hack
About 12 years ago, she combined her love of teaching and her love of horses and began working
with the Girl Scout Horsemanship Program at Misty River Stables. She was asked by the owner of
that stable if she had ever thought about teaching horseback riding lessons...and a new love (and
second career) was born!!
Vicki specializes in working with the beginning rider; the young and the young at heart. She has
also made a name for herself working with autistic and ADHD students, who especially benefit from
the close bond that comes from working with and being accepted by a horse. Vicki is CHA
(Certified Horsemanship Association) certified in both English and Western instruction. She also
has a Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
For more information please contact Vicki at 816-507-3308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.